Self-Editing Tip #8: Dialogue Tags Don’t Need All the Action

We all know dialogue is extremely important in fiction, and writing it correctly can make or break a piece of writing (see Self-Editing Tip #5). Once we have the mechanics of dialogue punctuation and paragraphing down, the next step is to review dialogue tags and action tags. A tag, in fiction, is any piece of narrative that… Read More

Self-Editing Tip #7: Variety is Key (Even with Sentence Structure)

Sentence structure is one of the elements I believe make up an author’s narrative voice—their style, if you will. And as we see over and over again, each author clearly has their individual preferences when it comes to how they structure their sentences. Long, flowing, and wordy. Short, choppy, and to the point. A mix… Read More

Interview with Author E.C. Jarvis

As I love to do with all my clients, and even Indie Author friends whose books I absolutely adore, I’m bringing you an interview this week with E.C. Jarvis, author of The Blood and Destiny Series and The Consort’s Chronicles Series. Her first book, The Machine: Book one of The Blood and Destiny Series, was… Read More

Being Your Own Boss: You Do All the Work and You Don’t Get Fired

For years, I’d thought I never wanted to work for myself because I didn’t enjoy what all that responsibility looked like. No one to tell me what to do, no motivation not to mess up, putting all my eggs in one basket. Yes, sadly, I thought I preferred the dredges of working somewhere I didn’t particularly… Read More

The Start of a New Year

Happy New Year (late)! It’s 2016, and I’m already amazed by all the things this year has in store, both for me and for all the amazing people I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know in 2015. My husband and I were so lucky to be able to spend the last week of the year… Read More

Whose Story Is it, Really? (Using POV When Writing About Your Supporting Characters)

Last Friday, I talked about the four main types of POV (First Person, Third Person Limited, Second Person, and Third Person Omniscient), which ones are most commonly used, and how important it is to maintain consistency when writing in your protagonist’s POV. Today is about how to maintain the POV consistency when introducing new and… Read More

Whose Story Is It, Really? (Using POV When Writing About Your Protagonist)

Today, I want to talk about narrative Point of View (POV), which is something I’ve been addressing with a few of my clients this week. Maintaining a consistent POV throughout a piece is incredibly important. Not only does it keep the story flowing as a whole, but it also serves to connect us to the… Read More

Author Interview with Jason Pere

I have had the huge honor of being able to work with Jason Pere, author of ‘Calling the Reaper: First Book of Purgatory’, as both an editor and a writing friend. I am so excited to be able to say that the first book in this amazing Fantasy series is finally published and available for the… Read More

How to Write A Short Synopsis of Your Manuscript

If you’re only just now working on your novel or fiction project, you may not have heard about the ‘Elevator Pitch’ and the ‘short synopsis’. If you’ve tried your hand at querying agents and publishers, you’ve probably seen these phrases thrown around and thought, ‘What the heck are these?’ Well, I’m about to tell you. A writer… Read More

Self-Editing Tip #6: Formatting Before You Write

I’m sure this sounds like a ridiculous premise, that the formatting does not affect your writing at all, and that’s true. However, as an editor as well as an author, I can’t express how helpful proper formatting has been for me. As an author, the formatting of a fresh document before I ever start writing let’s… Read More